COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) – Members of South Carolina’s Legislative Black Caucus are asking South Carolina State University president Thomas Elzey to step down following a vote of no confidence within the caucus Wednesday.
Saying Tuesday’s vote from an education subcommittee to shut down the school for one fiscal year has already damaged the school’s reputation, members of the caucus say it’s time for Elzey to step down.
“We need someone who can lead this school forward and we believe we have a board that can lead the school, but unfortunately the president is not the person we believe can lead South Carolina State forward in making sure that it grows and making sure that it comes out of its financial strain,” Rep. John King said.
The resignation call comes as lawmakers continue debate on a proviso that would shut down the school for the 2015-2016 fiscal year in order to help shore up the school’s finances and clean house.
South Carolina legislators now hold the key to keeping SC State open, but can that plan actually pass?
According to one lawmaker, don’t bet on it.
Rep. Chip Limehouse, who is a member of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Provisos, the subcommittee now debating the merits of that proviso, says he doesn’t believe it would pass the full House.
Calling it an effective warning shot, Limehouse said he will not vote to shut down the school during Wednesday’s continued debate on the proviso in the subcommittee meeting.
Limehouse said he believes it’s wrong to shut the school down because even if the doors close for a fiscal year, it could drastically affect enrollment — one of the key ways the school makes revenue.
Lawmakers will continue to debate the proviso on Wednesday after the full House adjourns. WIS will carry that meeting on our live stream.
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